Monthly Archives: July 2012

What Digital Camera Should I Buy

What Digital Camera Should I Buy? Oy Vey!

What Camera Should I BuyI have seen this question asked time and time again. Camera anxiety!

It hounded me for the longest time, too. While I did not go to Google and specifically type in “what digital camera should I buy” the truth is, that is what I wanted to know.

There should be some magic potion or a silver bullet that supernaturally imparts the answer into your subconscious. But, tragically, there is not.

But, Fear Not. I have the answer: Continue reading What Digital Camera Should I Buy

3 Reasons To Use Aperture Priority

What Is Aperture Priority

In order to understand Aperture Priority, you must know what aperture is. Aperture is the photography term that refers to the size of the camera’s lens opening at the time a photo is taken. It is one of the three factors that determines how much light is allowed to enter the camera, the others being the shutter speed and ISO.

Choosing the aperture
Large aperture = wide opening (small number or f-stop)
Small aperture = small opening (large number or f-stop)

By way of example, let’s say you are in a room with a single window, the only source of light for that room. If the window is quite large you get lots of light. If, however, the window is very small, you will get much less light in your room.

The aperture of a camera is just like the window. A small aperture lets in less light than a large aperture. Continue reading 3 Reasons To Use Aperture Priority

5 Common Digital Photography Mistakes To Avoid

Love Those Great Pictures? Learn From Your Mistakes

Fill the frame - portrait
A cute subject usually helps with the “WOW” factor

Every one of us who own a digital camera wants to be able to use it to get the “WOW” pictures. The ones that cause viewers’ jaws to drop and exclaim the brilliance of the photographer (you).

Digital SLR cameras are an important factor in the equation to get consistently good photos, but they do not guarantee great results.

It’s true. While we would love to think that plunking down a few hundred in cash to buy that amazing DSLR will guarantee our status in the Hall Of Fame Of Great Photographers, it takes more than just a good camera.

There are some steps you can take toward getting better pictures more often.

In fact, if you just know some of the major mistakes that are made.. some of the things you should avoid.. you will be much better off. With that in mind, here are some of the mistakes to be aware of as a digital photographer.

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Three Ways To Banish Blurry Photos

Blurry Photos.. Blah – I Hate ’em!

They are nemesis of all new and intermediate photographers.

They are disturbing, discouraging, and demoralizing.

Today, we learn what causes blurry photos so we can take steps to banish them forever.. or at least reduce them significantly.

Truth is, even the pros have to deal with blurry photos at times. We never see their mistakes, though, so we think they take great shots every time they press the shutter button. Not so. We only see their good stuff.

Knowledge is king!

Knowing what causes pictures to come out blurry is half the battle. Once you know why, you can take steps to fix the problems.

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Two Ways To Take Total Control Of Your Macro Photos Using A Canon Rebel

Macro photos are something I am passionate about. Macro is one of my favorite photography applications.

Canon Rebel T3i
Canon Rebel T3i (or T4i) with Live View is excellent for Macro Photos

It is one of those things where, since I do it all the time, I tend to forget that not everyone does. So I leave out some of the elementary (to me) details.

Well, not too long ago, I wrote an article about how to use my Canon Rebel T3i to take macro photos. The article is on another web site:

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5 Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Digital SLR Camera

So You Want To Buy a Digital SLR Camera?

5 Questions About Buying Digital SLR Cameras
Got Questions?

Buying a digital camera is a major purchase for most of us, especially if you are looking to buy a digital SLR. So thinking about the right camera is a good idea before dropping in at your local Best Buy or Target and exiting with a camera in your shopping bag.

Impulse buying is not a good strategy when it comes to cameras.

Where do you start?

Many individuals who are looking for a digital camera are asking the question, “Which camera should I buy?”

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Canon Rebel T4i New Feature – HDR Backlight Control

HDR with backlight controlI’m not a camera scientist. Let’s get that out of the way. This is just a layman’s test of the HDR setting on the Canon Rebel T4i.

I have had my Canon Rebel T4i for a few weeks now, and I have been dragging my feet on trying out the two new mode positions: Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight Control.

I totally recommend using all your camera settings so you know what they do and which ones you like. It’s good to experiment with dial choices so you know which ones you like and don’t like.

Decided to go out in the yard and give the HDR mode a try. It’s kind of gloomy here, which makes for a very strong contrast between the white sky and trees. This is usually a tough situation for the camera.

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Macro Photography – Butterflies and Flowers

Macro is my favorite shooting style. My T3i and T4i make great macro images (sometimes photoshop comes into the equation, too), and I look like a nature photographer.

It’s all about appearances, right?

So here is a butterfly that showed up today. I have been waiting for these guys.. seems like they are late, but I finally got one on my butterfly bush this morning.

Swallowtail butterfly macro - shot with Rebel T3i
Swallowtail Butterfly (click on the photo to see a larger version)

Pretty sweet, huh? You can see why I like doing this kind of photography.

Close by, there was some phlox with awesome light, so I snapped that as well.

Phlox macro with Canon Rebel T3i
Purple phlox – Canon T3i and Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens (click on the image for a larger version)

Now, you may be asking why I did not use the new Canon Rebel T4i to shoot these photos, right?

Answer: I was outside working in the yard when the swallowtail showed up.. I was sweaty and dirty, and my T4i was upstairs, but my T3i was in the basement. So I grabbed the closest one. Image quality is the same with both in bright light. No problem.


My New Canon Rebel T4i

OK, I own them both, the Rebel T4i AND the Canon Rebel T3i.

My new Canon Rebel T4i
This is me with my new Canon Rebel T4i

Why? Good question.

I think the plan is to sell the old one, but it’s so hard to part with old friends. Actually, the T3i is not all that old. I got it about a year and a half ago.

It has been an awesome camera. I bought it just to try it out. My plan was to send it back before the month was up (Amazon has a great return policy). But I still have it because it turned out to be an amazing camera.

The T4i has already proven that it is a “keeper.”

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